The Youth Services Division is comprised of eight Detectives and five School Resource Officers. A Lieutenant and two Sergeants supervise the division. The general function of the Detectives in the division is the investigation of offenses committed by or against juveniles, primarily at the felony level. Most of the investigations involve physical or sexual assaults committed against juveniles. The School Resource Officer’s primary duty is to ensure the safety of the students at the two High Schools as well as eight middle schools, during school hours. The school resource officers also investigate misdemeanor level offenses occurring at the schools.
In order to better serve the citizens of Nashua and their youth, YSD Detectives receive special in-service training relating to cases that are predominantly investigated such as child abuse, physical and/or sexual abuse or assaults, neglect, abandonment, or any other instance that endangers the welfare of a child. Additionally, they receive training in the investigation of violent crimes, property crimes, and gang-related crimes. The Detectives also investigate Internet or Cyberspace predators, as well as those who possess or distribute child pornography via the internet.
Youth Services Detectives work closely with the Division of Children Youth and Families, Juvenile Probation Officers, Judges, the Nashua Youth Council and other support organizations such as the Hillsborough County Child Advocacy Center. Often, a juvenile offender, whether he commits a delinquent act (crime) or CHINS offense, is diverted from the court system to a court intake program designed to impact a juveniles unwanted behavior early in his / her life. By doing so, the juvenile receives more personalized attention and guidance through these programs in the hopes that he or she will not re-offend. An example of this would be the stoplifters program. This court diversion program was developed and is run together by the Nashua Youth Council and the Police department. It is designed to impact the first time offender who is arrested for shoplifting or petty thefts.
Anyone with any questions pertaining to the Youth Services Division is encouraged to call the department at 594-3500 to speak with a Youth Services Detective.